I never had a real pedal board. Before I went all digital, I had pedals, but they were always just hanging out on the floor, and I used batteries to power them. My OCD always hated that. So I figured, this time, a nice clean pedal board was in order.
I always hated Velcro. No matter how careful you are, it always frays and picks up all kinds of crap. Hate it. With my gear on carpet and a dog that sheds a lot, I knew if I went that route, I’d be picking dog hair out of the Velcro on the pedals forever. So I wanted something that avoided Velcro or double sided tape on the Board itself, which, to me, is just as bad.
After a bunch of time on the Web and YouTube, I found the perfect solution for me! Temple Audio makes pedal boards that are not only modular, but they also use these cool plates to attach the pedal to their boards. The plates have tape on them, but the design is really neat.
Here’s the pedal board I got:
Looks nice and clean, cool color on the edges, very sturdy and has handles, so it’s easy to pick up. I’ll show you the plates a little lower down, but they have screws on the bottom of them so they can be attached to the Board with a thumb screw under the top through all those holes you see. The larger holes are so that you can thread your patch cables through to hide them. As much as possible at least. The dimension for this one are 24.5 inches x 12.5 inches. I *think* the front of the Board is 1 inch high and it then tapers up to about 2.25 inches high from to back.
The sides of the Board has these modular plates you can remove, to then add components to the Board itself.
You basically unscrew these from the inside and add what you want to it, which Temple Audio also sells.
I got these two components:
I got two of the four way plugs, but will put one on each side of the Board. I intend to put everything that will plug into either the front of the amp or into its effects loop off the left hand side of the Board, so will one of the units into the left hand side, and then will put the other on the right hand side, mostly to plug my guitar into, and minimize the clutter on just one side.
The other pic is of the power plug unit, which also screws into the side of the pedal. This plugs into a power supply, so you can plug all your pedals into that, which will live under the Board, out of sight, and then you will only have one power cord from the Board into a power strip. The cool thing is that this power plug unit has an on/off switch, so you just switch it off when you’re done with it. Very nice!
CAUTION: As you can see, Temple Audio has supplied a screw driver with the power plug unit. It’s terrible. The tip strips very quickly and the shaft is much too flexible. I would HIGHLY recommend getting something else to use as you will strip the screws, which are quite tiny, almost immediately if you use the one supplied. I would tell Temple Audio to not include anything rather than what they put in there. It’s really that bad.
Lastly, Temple Audio developed these sweet plates that stick to the bottom of your pedals, and you use those to attach your pedals to the Board itself. They also have another bracing type attachment for a particular power supply. I’ll have to look into that more, as I haven’t decided which Power Supply I’m going to get.
As you can see, there are three sizes, and what Temple Audio recommends is that you use the Small size for the new style of “micro” pedals, the Medium size for things like Boss sized pedals, and the Large size for things like the TC Electronics Ditto X2. They also suggest using two plates for larger pedals like Wah Wah pedals, BUT they also say that you can unscrew the bottom feet from Dunlop Wahs and just use the screws to attach it to the Board. Sounds like an experiment in the making.
All in all, I’m super impressed with the Board and all the Components. Made in Canada, and super sturdy. More to come!! Part 2 will show some shots of the modular components installed and how the plates look on the pedals. Maybe even some shots on how to attach the plates to the pedals.
FYI, Temple Audio has loads of vids on YouTube if you want to see them in action!
A couple of shout outs!
#1: Temple Audio, as their Customer Service is OUTSTANDING. I had tons of questions and they were quick to answer them and very patient. Answered all my questions and gave me tips and advice. Awesome people and a great company. Here’s a link to their website: www.templeaudio.com
#2: The people at GearTree.com. If you live in the USA, this is where you SHOULD get your Temple Audio stuff from. They are super nice, offer great Customer Service and are just all around awesome people. They have a Reverb store, but also have their own online shop, as well as a B&M store. If you don’t see what you’re looking for for the Temple Audio stuff, ask them, as sometimes they do indeed have it in stock. Here’s a link to their online store, but you can find them on Reverb as well: geartree.com
DISCLAIMER: I do not work for either Temple Audio or Gear Tree. They did not provide me with any of this stuff to present. I paid for it all myself. I just think, these days, all you hear are complaints about everything. I like to give credit where credit is due, and both of these companies deserve it! Well done!